In the world of magic slates, Magna-Doodles, and Etch-a-Sketches, our children learn that mistakes are readily erasable. If our drawing or writing does not measure up to what we envisioned, we can simply wipe it out with a single motion of the hand. Life, however, is not like that slate or screen. More often than not, what I write on the tablet of my life is not so easily expunged. There are consequences to my actions that I may be powerless to undo. Although I may be able, in some cases and to some degree, to correct my mistakes or compensate for a less-than-stellar performance, some faults and sins are irrevocably engraved on my slate. For years, I dragged that slate of guilt around with me; every time I made yet another error, I felt compelled to recount to myself all the other major sins and faults I could recall. Without exception, the result was a leaden sense of failure and hopelessness.
However, the good news is that God not only forgives us our sins based on the atoning power of the Blood of His Son Jesus, but also WIPES our slate completely clean! “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13-14). In addition, the omniscient, almighty Father actually throws our sins into the depths of the sea and FORGETS them! “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:18-10). “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more” (Isaiah 43:25). When my slate is covered with marks and the dust of my sin is rubbing off on every area of my life, I can trust Jesus to remove every trace of my failures. He loves me unconditionally and delights to redeem me! “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:11-12).
As the HOLYday season approaches, let us remember that we serve the Lord of the Clean Slate — He erases every sin and removes every stain! Hallelujah!